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Bilson: “It would be horrible” if new hardware came out right now

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:03 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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THQ core boss Danny Bilson has told Eurogamer “it would be horrible” if new hardware appeared now.

“It would be horrible. But I think they all know our model’s broken anyway,” he said, speaking at the publisher’s New York event last week.

“It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they’re going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don’t know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $100 a game. Who wants to do that? It’s bad for everybody.

“As long as we’re creatively satisfied as gamers by what we’re getting, I’m really satisfied. I still see cooler stuff, better stuff. So much is in the software engineering and working with the technology. I look at games and I go, wow, how did they get such great characters?”

Although a new set of home consoles isn’t on the horizon, a new batch of handheld wars will begin this year with the release of 3DS and PSP2. Bilson said THQ is fully supporting the former, but what about the latter?

“No comment. I really can’t comment on hardware that’s going to be announced soon.”

PSP2 is set to be announced at a business overview and strategy meeting by Sony next Thursday, as first reported by VG247 last week.

3DS launch details for Europe and the US will be confirmed later this afternoon. More details here.

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28 Comments

  1. AHA-Lambda

    He’s completely right, we need to:
    -lower dev budgets
    -get tiered pricing
    -and go digital

    Cos the $60 retail model is broken. Right now gaming is in the same position the music industry was in before iTunes really.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Mike W

    I agree with him when it comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, I really think it’s time for Nintendo to release an HD console.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xxJPRACERxx

    I don’t think this will cost a lot more. Game assets are already created in higher details than game engine can render. Having more polygons and higher detail maps on your models won’t cost more to make. Having better draw distance and better AA/AF won’t cost more to make. Same thing for physics. The only people that’ll have more work are programmers.

    And I even think maybe cost will go down. If we have hardware powerful enough to render high-detail models, artists won’t have to make low-poly version of their models and bake normal maps. But this will probably be for the next-next gen consoles.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. ybfelix

    @JPRACER: Apparently it’s like an arm race, at the beginning they were content to make graphics like last-gen, only with higher image quality, then someone ups the ante on gfx department, and everyone starts to raise, and so does the cost.

    And gamers would call out if they bought an expensive new console but not getting visibly better screenshots

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    How much better can games graphics really get?

    Glad I am leaning more and more towards being a Steam Gamer exclusivly. I am getting to the point where I use my xb360/psn more for other media(netflix/dvds/tv and movie downloads/BR) then I do for games. Most games I buy are bargin bin or DD.

    Overall I agree with Lamba.

    I am waiting for Console based Cloud gaming. Onlive has a mini console(micro small, works great), I figure the next gen of consoles should include a cloud/streaming games service. 20usd a month/unlimited play = the sweat spot.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Isuru86

    The same Bilson from Goliath National Bank ?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    I agree, OG.

    I think the next gen of consoles will probably be heavily cloud focused.

    But I think that after that, no consoles or phsyical mediaat all. Just cloud services and subscription models.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I can imagine saves and such going to the cloud next time out, but not streaming games. For large parts of the world the broadband infrastructure just isn’t capable of supporting that yet. Hell, wasn’t there a stat just a few months back that a very large percentage of people hadn’t even hooked their console up to the ‘net?

    I imagine we’ll get one more run with discs but with brand new games increasingly available at launch via download as well. After that, we’ll see.

    As for the expense, I (and many other) people have said numerous times that the Nintendo model is the way to keep costs down next time around – the new machines keeping the architecture and APIs of this generation but just dialling everything up to 11. More memory, more cores, more processing power, latest graphics revisions, etc. etc.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crysis

    @7, Highly doubt it, although i do believe that both MS & Sony will heavily emphasize on Downloads, hopefully with same day releases as retail at competitive prices with frequent sales.

    Not everyone is connected to the internet, not everybody connected to the internet has strong, fast & reliable connections so I can’t imagine cloud gaming becoming a viable standard within the next 10-15 years, not to mention if retail is cut out of the picture, we’ll have MS, Sony & possibly Ninty dictating our prices & i quite frankly don’t like that idea, but i don’t believe Ninty has the revenue to put that much emphasis on such expensive services so they could very well be out of the hardware game by that time, no one here will agree with me but it’s not that far fetched.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Part of the argument for better quality hardware, is that developers are having to create high quality artwork and assets for games, but the hardware is so memory constrained by todays standards, that it’s all having to be spat out as low quality textures.

    In terms of artwork, I think we’re at, – or more or less approaching – the “good enough” level for most people, even core gamers, so taking that artwork and presenting it all in crisp uncompressed form, along with a nice 1080p resolution and 60fps/3D with oodles of lighting/particle and mapping techniques means the visual quality of games could take a significant leap without game budgets spiralling out of control.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    Lol. Cloud based services/onlive are very finicky. Remember the phantom? Yeah I know you don’t because barely anyone does because it never launched. The phantom is the exact same thing as onlive. But, the problem with that is exactly as the above mentioned. Not everyone around the world has dedicated internet streaming capabilities.

    A core console is essential at this point in time of technological advancement. Until gaming is achieved in more the 8% of a population. They can’t take a chance with high development and a locked fee. The business model would be more like 20/mnth for a set limit of gaming like 6-10 games a month. And. 40-60/mnth for unlimited gaming access. Onlive just seems great due to its new face in the community.

    But, if sony,ms,or nin all jump on that band wagon the competition would add to thee price, features, and “exclusives”.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Couple of things come to mind:

    The Nintendo way of doing things consolewise would mean that we won’t see new systems for about 5more years, at least. The Wii is essentialy the GC 1.5. Last gens tech, making this gens xb360/ps3 next gens 1.5 of sorts. If ya follow me.

    No doubt this gen should have an extended lifecycle. But who knows how long. I think if they wait too long the industry might fatigue a bit.

    I recall people saying the same thing about HD and online as they now say about broadband being viable.

    The key isn’t replacing Disc/DD games with streamed ones, but instead offering them as an extension of your service.

    Think Netflix.

    As far as Phantom goes, I do remember reading about that. But please keep in mind that before we have super sonic jets, we had prop biplanes, and before that a long line of failed attempts.

    I think streaming services are the destination. It just makes sense from so many povs(from hacking/price points/standarizations/and more), however how long it will take to get there I don’t know. I recon it will be sooner then some of you might think.

    I also bet Gamestop/Game/walmart/retail will fight it tooth and nail. Then again Netflix. Blockbuster had no vision, they have been replaced by Netflix. But in the end we still have a movie service. Just that it has evolved. Games will go through the same thing someday.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    As an option, maybe – it’d be a neat addition. I wonder whether they’d have trouble getting third-party publishers to sign up to that, though?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    @12, As an extension service, well we may see it happening soon, but it’ll take a long time before it becomes a more efficient choice than DD or physical media.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “How much better can games graphics really get?”

    I remember saying this exact quote when I played the first
    NBA Shootout on the original Playstation.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    The interesting thing to me about this is that console owners want computers – and it seems as simple as that. What I see is that whenever PC-like functionality is added to a console, things that PC owners have taken for granted for years, the console crowd goes nuts.

    The exuberantly happy kind of nuts.

    The most recent example of this is the SteamPSN merger, so that the Playstation Network will be getting very Steam-like features. And from many PS3 boards I’ve read nothing but people saying exceedingly positive things, almost shoveling out the praise.

    I think the end point for hardware is that eventually we’ll have two sorts of systems…

    - A closed, proprietary PC which is cheap and connects to a telly.
    - An open, standards-based PC which is expensive and connects to a monitor.

    The more advanced consoles become, the more PC-like they become. That’s not to say that I don’t think Cloud isn’t the future. I actually think that OldGamer is onto something, but I think it’s a little further away than that. We’re all going to need very good connections before Cloud gaming really works out. Cloud gaming is very dependent on fast down and up streams.

    The UK has some pretty spiffy down streams at the moment, but across the country our upload speeds absolutely suck to unforgivable degrees. Not only that, but they’re going to need to spider out a network of servers in every single nation. The reason for this is that they’ll have to lower latency, and this is the only way to really do it.

    The infrastructure for Cloud gaming isn’t really here yet either, then. But it will be, eventually. And I think that Cloud gaming will be absolutely perfect for proprietary systems that can’t be modded. Just like you can’t run mods on a console version of New Vegas these days (except on a jailbroken PS3, and even then it’s difficult), you won’t be able to run mods on a proprietary system.

    Consoles will keep veering more and more toward proprietary systems. The humble home computer will continue to veer away from that until eventually there’s a massive rift between the two.

    The end result will be, as OldGamer thinks, tiny boxes in front of the telly with total access and a monthly subscription, but completely closed and proprietary. The PC will continue to have games which can be bought, but they’ll also operate on a far more open system. And the sorts of games developed for each will likely be very, very different as well.

    It’ll be interesting to watch.

    Eventually though, you’ll have people who want more control over their system and those for whom that control isn’t worth the benefits. Ease of use versus actually knowing what’s happening inside your system and being able to take control over any part of it.

    And proprietary things don’t really work on computers all that much, anyway. The most scary thing we have is World of Warcraft’s Warden. But if you run WoW in WINE under Linux, it essentially neuters Warden regardless.

    As Microsoft move more towards proprietary platform, I can see an increased degree of interest in Linux as well. In fact, I think this is why so many indie developers have been releasing Linux ports lately – it’s not hard to see which way the wind is blowing. And it’s not hard to guess how things will be in a few decades from now.

    [Rambly post ends.]

    #16 4 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    I really don’t think that the transition to cloud gaming will be all that difficult.

    In any case, new technologies usually need a driving force, so to speak, to make people want to get on board.

    Where are most of the games sales made worldwide?

    The US, east asia, and Europe (most of which is the UK).

    Where are the best online infrastructures in the world?

    East asia, Europe and the US. I believe that BT is currently planning on rolling out 1GB broadband by 2015, and you can almost guarantee that the rest of Europe probably won’t be far behind.

    East Asia already has lightening speeds, and although I don’t know any details, I can only assume that the US has more than enough money to invest in something along the same lines.

    Basically, the point is that you can’t really make the arguement that cloud gaming isn’t a viable option because some people in Latvia or Zimbabwe can’t get online.

    Cloud gaming is practically free money for the industry if it’s done correctly.

    Right now, I’m in Saudi Arabia, and I have an internet technology (HSPA+) that’s not even available in the UK yet (afaik). I basically have a mobile internet connection that actually gets speeds of up to 21.6mbps. I’ve been playing CoD:BO on XBL with it (with people in Europe and the US) and getting pretty good connections, without too much difficulty.

    This doesn’t need a land line or underground cable. Just a phone signal.

    I’m pretty sure that within the next few years, technology even better than this will be pretty standard in just about every low budget phone that you can think of, so people can download movies/games/apps by the bucket load at fast speeds.

    What’s to say that a future gen’s consoles won’t come with built in internet technology, just like an iPhone or an iPad? You could even just do it with a sim card in the controller that connects to the cloud, and have it connect to a TV via WiFi.

    The way things are going, it looks to me that within the next 5 or 6 years, we’ll be able to get online just about anywhere in the world at very good speeds.

    Step in Sony/MS/Nintendo/Apple/Sky/Virgin/Whoever else with subscription fee, cloud based gaming systems that work just like satellite TV does right now, and I’m pretty sure that no-one will look back.

    Publishers can have their own channels, people can subscribe to as many as they can afford like.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    ^^Thats pretty much the way I see things going too.

    But whatever will the dedicated fanbois do at that point?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    They’d probably be much the same…

    ‘Stick to NintendoCloud Channel! It teh l337z!!1 xbox and ps cloud hav to many adverts.’

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Overdos3

    I get mad when i read such crap. “NEW HARDWARE”, shut up bilson because there’s always new hardware and evolutions except on the consoles.
    I’m talking about the pc now we’re at the dx11 while the consoles are stuck to dx9 and he’s still crying about the new hardware.
    What peoples should do is to switch to pc and give consoles to their child. This done, devs will get interested in pc platform and we’ll get real new generation games.
    Devs imagination is also going to be tottally free because they’ll not get limited by memory or cpu capability.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. osric90

    I’m totally satisfied with my PlayStation 3 and I think both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have a lot to offer yet. Games are STILL expensive, so, yeah, it would be HELL ON EARTH for developers and gamers. Anyway, a new console with full backwards compatibility, huge and versatile network functions and similar is being waited for all of us… but around 2015 at the earliest…

    #21 4 years ago
  22. MushroomStamp

    Well I’m going to stand up and say, I would LOVE new console hardware. Bring it!!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. jacobvandy

    Development costs spiraling out of control is not the console-maker’s concern. Sorry THQ, you need to evaluate yourselves and figure out how to make good games for cheaper, or else go out of business. Period.

    How many times do one-man indie game makers have to make 6 and 7 figures in their spare time before the big guys realize THEY’RE the ones to blame?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Crysis

    @23, Costs a fuckload to make a fuckload, when you’re working with stronger equipment, you’re EXPECTED to make more powerful games, more powerful games take much more effort, time & resources.
    The only exception to this is Nintendo, people eat up Nintendo shit, no matter how insignificant the differences are & when there is a large difference, it’s normally just a gimmick that it could have done without.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AHA-Lambda

    @23 – i agree but this is an industry wide thing really not just thq.

    There’s a reason why demon’s souls is a huge success at a couple hundred thousand but 7 million for BC2 isnt good enough cos its still not at CoD levels -_-

    #25 4 years ago
  26. jacobvandy

    @24 But that’s no way to run a business. If you spend $100 million on a game and only sell 200,000 copies, you’re obviously overestimating or otherwise misunderstanding your customers. You can’t let the vocal minority of gamers demanding better graphics and whatever else to dictate the way you make games if it’s going to lead to HUGE losses, which it usually does when the game itself sucks. Ignore the whining and make a product you can be proud of for a cost you can manage.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. xxJPRACERxx

    There’s no reason a game should cost 100+ millions. Look at Gears of War, Crysis, Half-Life. The developement cost is less than 10 millions. Still a lot, but 10 times less than the average game of today and the quality is still really good.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Overdos3

    @21 i dont understand how you can say that your totally satisfied with the ps3 and 360. I’m sure you’ve never tried pc gaming.
    How can you say that you’re satisfied playing at 1024×768 resolution omg this was the resolution of pc like at 5years from now…
    And for those who are saying that they want new hardware it means that they want a pc.

    #28 4 years ago

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  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]